Heart care for AFib and irregular heartbeat
Heart rhythm and AFib care in Nashville
Our heart care team at Ascension Saint Thomas specializes in atrial fibrillation (AFib), a type of arrhythmia, where your heart beat is irregular, either too fast or too slow. You may feel a flutter or quiver in your chest. Other symptoms may include chest pain, sweating, fatigue, shortness of breath, and weakness.
Our doctors use the EKG test to help detect an irregular heartbeat. At Ascension Saint Thomas Heart, we provide many heart tests for AFib and other cardiovascular diseases. Our doctors listen to understand you and your health concerns. Then, we work with you to create a personalized care plan that’s right for you.
AFib treatments to prevent heart failure
AFib may come and go and affect how your heart pumps blood through your body, increasing your risk for stroke and congestive heart failure. That’s why we offer a multi-specialty heart care team. Our electrophysiologists specialize in the diagnosis of heart arrhythmias and offer minimally invasive treatment options for conditions such as:
- Atrial fibrillation
- Atrial flutter
- Heart block
- Sick sinus syndrome
- Supraventricular tachycardia
- Ventricular fibrillation
- Ventricular tachycardia
Advanced heart arrhythmia treatments
A heart rhythm disorder can be a sign of a more serious condition. Our doctors provide personalized electrophysiology (EP) studies, heart evaluations and cardiac risk assessments.
Minimally invasive EP treatments may include:
- Antiarrhythmic medications
- Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT)
- Catheter ablation
- Electrical cardioversion
- Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs)
- Left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) /WATCHMAN™
- Pacemaker ICD lead extraction using a laser system
- Pacemaker insertion
Offering minimally invasive heart surgery
Structural or heart valve damage can cause AFib. Our heart surgeons specialize in minimally invasive surgical techniques to repair a heart valve and prevent blood clots from forming in the heart using the WATCHMAN™ device. During a minimally invasive procedure, our surgeon makes tiny incisions. This surgical approach helps shorten your recovery time and lower your risk of infection. Our heart surgeons deliver advanced care to help improve how your heart works.
Heart care and support services
At Ascension Saint Thomas, our care team supports you before, during and after your surgery to help you return to the activities you love to do. We monitor your physical and emotional health and provide cardiac rehab and medication management. Our care team also offers telehealth appointments and monitoring.
We deliver supportive and compassionate heart care, close to home.
If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, go directly to the ER or call 911.